Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
15 Oct, 2014 | 7:04 pm
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the relief being granted at present by the government is an election bribe and not something which is being done in line with an economic plan.
The Opposition Leader who met with representatives of Government and private sector trade unions on Wednesday October 15 noted that the government took steps to reduce electricity tariffs as they believed they would face a tough challenge in Badulla, during the recently concluded provincial council poll.
Ranil Wickremesinghe predicts that the government will reduce the taxes imposed on the general public very soon, but it would be raised eventually as revenue generated from taxation currently funds the waste and corruption of the government.
He went on to note that the government is not ready to increase the income of the general public and reminded the trade union activists that basic salaries have not been increased despite it being an election promise given during the 2010 presidential election.
Addressing a conference recently, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B Jayasundara noted that the upcoming budget will not be one full of election goodies. He noted that the upcoming budget will be a development-oriented budget that is in line with the direction set with significant emphasis on the knowledge economy concept.
However, despite this statement, there have been significant price reductions that the government has granted to the general public. On September 16 the government decided to reduce household electricity tariffs by 25%, fuel prices were also reduced recently by the government. Thereb,y the price of kerosene was reduced by Rs.20, petrol by Rs. 5, while the price of diesel was slashed by Rs. 3. The price of a 12.5kg cylinder of LP gas was reduced by Rs.250.
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